Gorgeous and bright flowers. Up close the centers look like orange velcro hooks while the petals drop like a fringe.
Mexican Flame Vine is native to northern Mexico and is considered a tropical hardy to Zone 9. Here in Zone 8b it is planted against the stone wall on the sunny south side of my house and has survived two record cold winters.
It has died back in colder winters, but this mild winter has kept it evergreen and blooming earlier than ever.
It is quickly outgrowing the little temporary trellis and reaching for the fig tree to the right. The fence it was originally planted next to has moved and since it should continue blooming most of the year, I'll find it a larger trellis to climb soon.